Farooq Defends Job Policy23 November 2011
The Daily Excelsior
Jammu: Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah today strongly defended new recruitment policy of the Government and hoped that it would be a big success like Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT). He said the issues like partial withdrawal of Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and troop cut would be sorted out by the Centre, the State Government and other stake holders without any problem. Addressing a public meeting-cum-National Conference convention in border town of Rajouri at Dak Bungalow this afternoon, Dr Abdullah, who flew-in here from New Delhi to join the party campaign to counter propaganda launched by the opposition parties against the State Government and the NC on AFSPA, recruitment policy and other issues, came in strong defence of new recruitment policy announced by the State Government saying it was aimed at accommodating more and more youth in the Government jobs. The National Conference planned to hold a series of rallies in different parts of the State till December 1 as its strategy to propagate its stance on a host of issues and checkmate the opposition propaganda. Taking a strong dig at the opposition parties and some other organisations for what he called exploiting the youth and students on the name of new recruitment policy announced by the State Government, Farooq said the Government has good intentions to accommodate 40 youth in the Government jobs as against 10. 'Our enemies are exploiting the youth and students against the policy and provoking them against the Government. There is nothing wrong in it. Instead of 10 youth, 40 youth would now get jobs. After five years, all employees would be regularized. Even for five years, the youth would be paid handsome remuneration’’, the National Conference president said expressing confidence that the policy would be a success just like the Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) pattern, which has been a hit among the youth. The Union Minister took strong exception to strikes by some youth and student organisations against the new recruitment policy. He called upon the NC workers especially the youth and students to educate the youngsters about the benefits of new policy. Calling for good relations between India and Pakistan, Farooq said it was the concern of everybody that situation should improve in Pakistan also. 'The new routes between India and Pakistan should open. Cross-LoC trade should go up so that people of both the sides are benefited. Both countries should remain engage in talks and improve their relations so that people of two nations live in peace’’, he added. Dr Abdullah, however, hoped that there should be a re-thinking on the part of Pakistani rulers and they would stop fomenting trouble so that the two countries further move ahead in talks. He noted that people living on the borders in both the countries were most beneficial of peace between India and Pakistan. 'Peace between India and Pakistan is in the interest of both the countries. I hope the two countries would remain engage in talks and sort out the issues amicably so that peace persisted in the two countries including Jammu and Kashmir especially the borders’’, the Union Minister asserted. On the twin issues of Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and troop cut in some parts of the State, Dr Abdullah hoped that both these issues would be sorted out in due course of time. 'The Union Government, the State Government and various other stakeholders were working in the issue. The issues would be sorted out shortly’’, he said. Without naming any political party, Dr Abdullah said some individuals in the parties were supporting the Government on one side but trying to dig graves for us on the other. 'This is not good. The parties supporting us should do so honestly’’, he added. However, he called upon the National Conference workers to support the allies wholeheartedly and work with them unitedly. Taking a dig at the opposition, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Farooq said it has no agenda except for criticizing the National Conference. 'Even as the Government has been doing a good job, the PDP continued to criticize even good policies of the Government. However, they will achieve nothing out of it as their only aim is to get the chair’’, he said adding that they will achieve nothing. On demand by some Sarpanches and Panches for making MLA Nowshera RS Sharma a Minister in the State Council of Ministry, Dr Abdullah said more than three years of the Government were still pending and more members could get a chance. On Mughal Road, Dr Abdullah said it will generate development activities and tourism potential in twin border districts of Rajouri and Poonch. 'Tourism will get a boost in Rajouri and Poonch districts. Development activities will also go up. The ‘chikhri wood’ of Rajouri will also be in high demand’’, he added. Recalling that Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah used to visit Mughal road on horses, he said he would have been happy to see the vehicles plying on this road. He added that a tunnel on the road would keep Rajouri and Poonch connected to Kashmir for entire 12 months. He called upon the people of border areas to get benefited by solar energy. He urged the Deputy Commissioners to prepare lists and submit them to the State Government for solar energy requirement. He said in the border areas, the Central Government will give 90 per cent grant and the State Government 10 per cent. He added that experiment of solar energy has been successful in Ladakh. Farooq regretted that 300 doctors were removed from the rural areas by the previous PDP Government causing inconvenience to the people. Meanwhile, a Sarpanch from Gounthal, Bashir Ahmed suffered a massive heart attack in the public meeting of Dr Abdullah and died. He was immediately shifted to District Hospital, Rajouri where he was declared as dead. Dr Abdullah condoled the death of the Sarpanch. Asserting that Panchayats have been given powers in the State, Dr Abdullah said that full empowerment of these institutions is imperative to make them excellent centers of public delivery services and the State Government under the leadership of Omar Abdullah is committed to strengthen the three tier Panchayati Raj in the State. Farooq said that efficient Panchayat Raj has a direct bearing on good governance. 'Strong Panchayats lead to a powerful Government' he said, adding that officers have to listen to Panches and Sarpanches for they are public representatives. 'Power flows from the people', he said. 'We announced Panchayat elections last year and held elections this year', Dr Abdullah said adding these institutions were also given powers after they were elected through massive participation. 'At every stage the opposition voiced skepticism but we succeeded in keeping our promises made with the people', he maintained. We shall do so in the future as well, he promised. Minister for Forests and Environment, Mian Altaf Ahmad, Minister for Industries and Commerce, S S Slathia, Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Devender Singh Rana, Vice Chairman Advisory Board for Pahari Speaking People, Peer Mushtaq Ahmed Bukhari, Vice Chairman Advisory Board for Development of Kissans, Rachpal Singh and provincial president, National Conference Rattan Lal Gupta were also present on the occasion.